Iran leaders won't attend receptions serving alcohol: diplomat

RTL Radio Elysee officials cancelled plans for an official dinner for President Hassan Rouhani, pictured, hosted by President Francois Hollande after Iran insisted it had to be alcohol-freeIran’s leaders won’t attend events serving alcohol, a diplomat said Wednesday after French media reported that President Hassan Rouhani refused to attend a state dinner in Paris because wine was on the menu. “According to Islamic values ​​and teachings, officials of the Islamic Republic do not participate in ceremonies where alcohol is served,” said the diplomat, who is in charge of protocol at Iran’s foreign ministry, according to ISNA news agency. RTL Radio reported this week that Elysee officials had cancelled plans for an official dinner for Rouhani hosted by President Francois Hollande after Iran insisted it had to be alcohol-free.

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